USRC and Mes were made to wait for a week, and they didn't disappoint in an end to end game! Mes took the lead, Chris De Laglasia, before half time and the team talk would have been, "keep a clean sheet, and we are champions!". Mes, winners of Division 2, were not the underdogs after eliminating a handful of division 1 teams in the cup and were en route to do so again.
However, USRC had different ideas and turned the game around in the first 20 minutes of the second half, courtesy of two Sean Taylor goals. USRC held on with a bit of luck and excellent goalkeeping who produced a brilliant save to maintain the edge and the woodwork coming to the rescue when the keeper was beaten.
Congratulations to USRC on becoming the 2019 Legal League Cup Champions.
In other news, Division 1 is close to conclusion with only USRC v Scots left to play. Last week, it was the Spartans Derby, and Wan Chai showed no mercy on their fellow Spartans by thrashing them 10-1!
Back to this weekend, DBFC beat Trops 3-1 and still weren't happy because they had to field a team of kids, the luxury. Scots won their game against FWD 1-0 and Krauts were the winners to avoid finishing bottom of the league by overcoming Bants 2-1. But the game of the day was between Cors and Goodfellas, Cors Talisman filling in at Centre Back, Manjeet Brar, got fed up with the countless poor deliveries from set-pieces and decided to take matters in his own hands and deliver a Trent Alexander Arnold type of corner to set up the equaliser and tie the game at 4-4! A small mention to Goodfellas striker, S Franklin who scored four goals.
Elsewhere in Div 2, Cavs beat Dragon Valley 2-1 which meant Royals wouldn't finish bottom of Division 2 after their 4-3 defeat to Wolves.
Last week, a title decider to be played at Kowloon Tsai Pitch 2 seemed to be a travesty. What followed was a real game of two halves with drama right up until the last minute. Samurai were clinical in the first half racing into a 4-0 lead. Shui Wei are second for a reason and they proved it in the second half scoring 3 goals without reply until Samurai scored a 5th from a breakaway counterattack in their own half. Shui Wei then scored a 4th with still over 8 minutes on the clock. The drama did not end there. In the last minute of the game Samurai’s keeper Ryan pulled off a breathtaking save after a close range header from a free kick. Seconds later the whistle blew effectively handing the title to Sam B, although not confirmed mathematically. The game was competitive, not dirty and whilst Shui Wei were naturally disappointed, at the final whistle they were a credit to themselves, the league and football in general. For Sam B after early years of league whipping boys almost certainly their first silverware.
Highlights here for those interested